India is on a path of progress and growth. India requires a different information regime to arm itself for a trillion-level economy. The same will be powered by very efficient national information systems like GIS that will be the foundation for the governing and the governed. This will lead to assessment of development needs, bridging disparity and gaps, bringing equity & transparency, inclusivity and citizen participation.
The Central Government of India, thus, plans to expand research and development in geospatial technologies under the National GIS Programme – a nationwide GIS that will support all sectors of governance, enterprise and citizens. It is thus a fundamental component of India’s planning and developmental infrastructure, providing visibility into various aspects of the national economic, governance and developmental processes, enterprise commerce and citizen participation.
This will create a huge demand for high quality GIS professionals and researchers. It is being envisaged that the strength of the GIS workforce will have to increase manifold to meet the demand. NIIT University (NU) giving due regard to this issue offers an M.Tech Programme in GIS with active involvement of the GIS industry in India and abroad.
NU believes that partnerships with global organisations are a necessity to keep the GIS curriculum and facilities updated. As a result, the NU M.Tech GIS Programme is offered with support from Esri Inc., California, USA- the world’s leading organisation in the development of GIS software and Esri India. Several other GIS organisations involved in GIS development and its application in India and abroad are also expected to join and support this unique research-driven and industry-linked programme in the near future. Meritorious students also receive support in terms of scholarships sponsored by Esri Inc. California.
The Programme enables professionals to start a challenging and rewarding career in the rapidly emerging area of GIS. Professionals pursuing this programme get a comprehensive exposure to GIS components like Geospatial Modelling and Database, Cartography, GIS Programming, Remote Sensing for GIS and relevant elective courses like GIS and Urban Planning, Advanced GIS Platform Programming (Mobile, Web and Cloud), Geoinformatics for Environment, etc. The Programme focuses on spatial visualization, technology and applications of GIS, GPS fundamentals and techniques, Geospatial Project Management and field techniques like exploring Geospatial nature of regions, economy, demography, occupation profile, applications of GIS for humanities, and more. Graduates become fully prepared for positions as GIS Project Managers, Application Specialists, System Engineers and GIS Business Development Managers. They also have the option of pursuing Doctoral Research at NU.
The Programme is designed to serve professional development at the workplace and hence, is characterised by the pedagogic innovation of education-work linkage. The new pedagogy is based on the insight that the workplace also generates a continuous learning environment. Academic instruction components such as lectures, tutorials, practicals and projects are integrated with business objectives, leading to work-based instruction components. The Programme is a perfect blend of curriculum, entailing classroom sessions, virtual classroom, internship and knowledge & skills in GIS area with strong industry practice and novel research. The Programme is uniquely designed to provide academic competencies, workplace competencies, industry-wide technical competencies, industry-sector technical competencies and management competencies.
This 2-year long programme consists of 4 semesters with 73 credits. The courses are categorised into University Core (to inculcate NU’s core principles), Professional Core (to gain proficiency in area of concentration), Professional Electives (to specialise in an industry-specific areas), R&D Project (to inculcate strong inclination towards research), Open Electives (to enhance management competencies) and Internship (to link learning with industrial requirements of occupation or research).
The first three semesters are devoted to theoretical and hands-on practical training of foundation and advanced courses at NIIT University. This is followed by Industry Internship in the fourth semester where students work on real-life projects leading to the completion of the programme. Thus, students stay at the NIIT University campus for the first three semesters.
To enable students to pursue the M. Tech Programme alongside their work, the Programme design includes two delivery components:
NU’s core faculty members are great mentors and have a considerable portfolio of intellectual output to their credit. NU faculty members have been responsible for creating innovative pedagogies and technology-enabled learning products. The team also has a large number of publications in reputed peer-reviewed international journals and the proceedings of international conferences and. Apart from the core faculty, NU also has a vast network of global professionals drawn from the industry and academia who participate actively in the Programme.